Hearings on graduate unionization effort to begin Sept. 5

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Beginning Sept. 5, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) will hold hearings related to the petition filed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) to unionize Penn State graduate students. Penn State views its graduate students as students, not employees and believes that it can continue to support their individualized needs by working with them directly. The University is following the procedures of the PLRB that govern representation proceedings.

The PLRB and the courts, not Penn State, must determine whether Penn State graduate students are employees under the law, and whether an election would be appropriate under Pennsylvania law for any group of graduate students. The hearings are scheduled for Sept. 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Information about the unionization process under Pennsylvania law and FAQs for Penn State graduate students, faculty and staff are available at gradfacts.psu.edu.

Questions about the hearings or unionization process should be directed to gradinfo@psu.edu.

Last Updated September 04, 2017